May 31 - The fragile truce between tribal groups and forces loyal to Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh has collapsed, with fighting in Sanaa, Taiz, and Zinjibar. Nick Rowlands reports
Gunfire rings out across the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday as the fragile truce between tribal groups and forces loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh breaks down. A government spokesman said tribal groups had gained control of a government building. As well as street fighting in the capital, government troops gunned down protesters in Taiz, and fought Islamic militants in the coastal city of Zinjibar. A doctor treating the wounded in Sanaa said there had been fatalities. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) DOCTOR MOHAMMED AL SORMI: "We have had 17 cases arrive at this hospital since last night. Two of them have died from gunshots to the head and chest." The brother of one of those wounded explains what happened. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNNAMED BROTHER OF WOUNDED MAN: "Government forces attacked us, using cannons and rockets and snipers, at our home and the house of Sheikh Abdulla." Global powers are pressing Saleh to sign a Gulf-led deal to hand over power, and a senior UN official condemned the violence. But Saleh has defied all attempts to end his nearly 33-year rule, and fears are increasing that the impoverished Arab state will descend into civil war. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.